A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

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The prolific White Earth Ojibwe writer Gerald Vizenor conceptualizes the cultural work of Indigenous literatures as “survivance,”... (read more)

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Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comics and graphic narratives in terms of their poetics, genres, forms, history... (read more)

26550

Bovilsky, Lara; Peppis, Paul; Saunders, Ben

ENG 304 addresses the following questions: What is a context? How do texts and history interact? We will... (read more)

26555

Wheeler, Elizabeth (Betsy)

One could say that most comics are about the human body, in all its variations, exaggerations, erotics, poses, powers, and... (read more)

26556

Whalan, Mark

This course presents a survey of American novels in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will cover a variety of styles and... (read more)

26556

Whalan, Mark

This course presents a survey of American novels in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will cover a variety of styles and... (read more)

26557

Quigley, Mark

“Things Fall Apart”: Revolution, Reaction and Renewal in Early Twentieth Century Culture (1895-1945)... (read more)

26664

Kaufman, Heidi

What happens when digital tools and literature meet? What can the “digital turn” in literary studies help us to understand about... (read more)

26666

Brundan, Katherine

This course focuses on fictional constructions of nation in British novels of the nineteenth century. In an era embracing massive... (read more)

11692

Allan, Michael

Animation: The Enchanted Life of the Moving Image

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12097

Huang, Helen

This course investigates how three contemporary female writers, Michelle Cliff, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Helena María Vitamontes, represent contemporary issues alienation, racism, immigration, (in)hospitality, environmental justice in diasporic contexts. Through reading Cliff, “The Dissolution of Mrs... (read more)

12098

Tiwari, Avinnash

Through this course, students develop analytical skills that will allow them to think, write, and speak intelligently about fiction.... (read more)

12099

Wheeler, Elizabeth (Betsy)

Why do stories matter? In this class we will read novels of childhood and adolescence, both fantasy and realistic, and compare them to... (read more)

12102

Alilunas, Peter

This course is an introduction to film and media studies and various methods of critical analysis. In this course, we will see that... (read more)

12111

Barter, Faith

This course is a survey of literature by African American authors from the 19th century into the present. We will read texts from a range of genres... (read more)

12112

Preston, Sarah

As an introductory survey, this course emphasizes the formal, thematic, and cultural diversity of Latinx literature. We will read novels, poetry, short stories... (read more)

12113

Brown, Kirby

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American literature. The award signaled for many the “... (read more)

12114

Fickle, Tara

This course introduces students to the Digital Humanities (DH) — broadly defined as the use of digital tools, platforms, and critical perspectives to address... (read more)

12117

O'Kelly, Brendan

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comics and graphic narratives in terms of their poetics, genres, forms, history, and the academic... (read more)

12124

Bohls, Elizabeth

The Rise of the Novel

How many novelists have you heard of who wrote before Jane Austen? By Austen’s day—the... (read more)

12128

McGuffie, Allison

This course introduces students to critical thinking about the aesthetic, historical and economic factors influencing film, media, and cultural production. The... (read more)

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Wald, Sarah D

This class explores depictions of the environment in literature with a particular emphasis on contemporary U.S. fiction and non-fiction. By attending to the... (read more)

16438

Kaufman, Heidi

In recent years Jewish fiction and non-fiction writers have turned to the archive quest narrative to explore family secrets, confusing histories, and lost or... (read more)

16439

Wheeler, Elizabeth (Betsy)

One could say that most comics are about the human body, in all its variations, exaggerations, erotics, poses, powers, and vulnerabilities. ... (read more)

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Wonham, Henry

Writers and scholars of the American novel have for some time denigrated sentimentalism by affiliating it with a weak, weepy sense of femininity. But... (read more)

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Conable, William

This course is an introduction to drama, one of the major genres in literary studies. Students will read, discuss, and analyze plays... (read more)

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Craven, Robert

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the formal properties of poetry in English. Through careful analysis of poems by... (read more)

16980

Sanyal, Debarghya

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comics and graphic narratives in terms of their poetics, genres, forms, history... (read more)

41028

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the formal properties of poetry in English. Through careful analysis of poems by major... (read more)

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Myers, Kate

In this class, we will carefully read sonnets and plays in order to develop the skills of close reading and analysis in order to support various interpretations of Shakespeare’s texts. These and other activities will prepare you for the course’s written work, including close readings, group ... (read more)

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Rust, Stephen

This course studies works of film and media as representational objects that engage with communities identified by intersectional categories including sex, gender,... (read more)

41038

Clevinger, Kara

The novel as a newer literary genre was a powerful, even potentially dangerous force in the newly-formed American nation. One 1838... (read more)

41039

We will read four novels that span the time period from the early twentieth century to the present day, interpreting each novel in... (read more)

41040

Upton, Corbett

ENG 395 provides selective survey of contemporary literature between 1945 and the present. The course incorporates works of prose,... (read more)

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Brousseau, Marcel

As an introductory survey, this course emphasizes the formal, thematic, and cultural diversity of Latinx literature. We will read novels, poetry, short stories, and comics, among other media, by authors from a range of identities—including Mexican American, Guatemalan American, Cuban American,... (read more)

42486

This course explores the “age” in which the legends of Arthur—and a good many other legends—came into being. In other words, this... (read more)

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Simnitt, Emily

Literature and Digital Culture offers a guided introduction to some of the new technologies that scholars use to study and make... (read more)

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This course is an introduction to film and media studies and various methods of critical analysis. In this course, we will see that... (read more)

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Rust, Stephen

This course is an introduction to film and media studies and various methods of critical analysis. In this course, we will see that... (read more)

42599

Through this course, students develop analytical skills that will allow them to think, write, and speak intelligently about fiction.... (read more)

42600

Public Speaking as a Liberal Art gives students a foundation in the classical principles of Rhetoric and teaches the application of... (read more)

42601

Many of Shakespeare's early plays are romantic comedies, a genre that was and remains easy to dismiss as simplistic and idealized.... (read more)

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Wonham, Henry

Students in ENG 104 will read and discuss a series of short story cycles by some of the America’s greatest writers of prose fiction.  The short story cycle is a unique form of fiction. ... (read more)

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